New commitments from poorer countries to stem climate change

23 March, 2011 by (comments)

An impressive dossier of pledges from developing nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions has just been released by the United Nations, Bloomsberg Businessweek reports. The proposals include Mongolia embracing solar power, Costa Rica becoming carbon neutral, and the Central Africa Republic expanding its forests. They follow on from the agreements reached at the 2010 Cancun climate conference (COP16), and in manyRead More …

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World Water Day: Tapping the potential of H2O

22 March, 2011 by (comments)

On World Water Day 2011, an occasion for raising awareness about the sustainable use of one of the world’s most precious resources, you can calculate your water footprint here to check if you’re a water saver or a water waster. The FAO has marked world water day by calling for greater investment in water management innovations, including improved agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

International treaty to protect agrobiodiversity strengthens

18 March, 2011 by (comments)

Nearly two-thirds of the world has now committed to improving conservation and access to crop diversity in a united effort to confront the challenges of climate change and food insecurity, The Jakarta Post reports. The 127 signatories of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) gathered this week in Bali for the Fourth Session of theRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Crop diversity

CIAT and Colombia seize historic opportunity for a sustainable agricultural revolution

17 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT and the Colombian government have formalized an historic agreement that could trigger a revolution of sustainable agriculture of the country’s vast Orinoquia region, also known as the Llanos, or eastern plains. One of the flagship programs of the Colombian government is the sustainable development of the Llanos, and its transformation into a promising agricultural area to resettle smallholderRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Insects: protein of the future?

16 March, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering research center for investigating the best ways to farm and cook certain insects has been opened at the National University of Laos in Vientiane as part of broader national plans to tackle food insecurity, SciDev reports.   The FAO-sponsored project aims to help formalize insect farming as a food industry nationally and abroad, looking especially at how theyRead More …

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Maize – highly sensitive to rising temperatures

15 March, 2011 by (comments)

A one-degree Celsius temperature rise can cause massive yield losses in maize, according to a soon-to-be-published study from Stanford University and CIAT sister center, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT). The study, due to be published in Nature Climate Change, found that a single degree Celsius increase in temperature could cut harvests in two thirds of maizeRead More …

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Chinese high-yield millet to tackle hunger in Africa

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new hybrid variety of Chinese-bred millet has been doubling yields in Africa, following FAO-led pilot plantations in some countries, China’s state news agency, Xinhua reports. As a staple crop in many African countries, it is hoped this high-yield, drought-resistant millet, called ZHM, will help boost production. Thirty years in the making, ZHM has been well-received by several farmer communitiesRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Regions